Sleeve Covers, The types of sleeves range from the simple cap sleeve to elaborate flowing sleeves. Adding a sleeve to a garment inevitably changes the style, feel and season of the outfit and from an average day dress to an elaborate ball gown.
Some types of sleeves like the bat-wing or the dolmen sleeve are part of the front and back pattern designs. They are cut and sewn all in one, saving the need to set in the sleeve. Some cap sleeves are found to be part of the bodice pattern and not cut separately.
If you look at an attached sleeve dress or top you will see that the seam runs down the arm. If you look carefully you can see the seam going down the arm of the green dress below.
SET IN SLEEVES
A set-in sleeve needs extra care and diligent matching of sleeve and armhole markings to ensure the sleeve is set in and fits properly.
Following the pattern’s specifications make the difference between an ill-fitting sleeve and one that serves its purpose and finishes the armhole perfectly. Sleeve Covers Set-in types of sleeves give a more fitted look to the armhole.
These types of sleeves appear to be like angel wings as they flow down from the armhole into a wider asymmetrical shape at the wrist. They are popular for traditional wedding dresses, robes and gowns and they are particularly suited to lace and sheer fabrics.
BATWING SLEEVES (DOLMAN)
These types of sleeves look like a bat’s wing. It is cut with a deeper armhole and the sleeve reaches down to waist level. The batwing sleeve is sometimes known as a dolmen sleeve and may be shorter or full length. Batwing sleeves are an attached sleeve meaning the sleeve cut all as one piece with the body. When sewing, these types of sleeves use a lot of fabric and often need a seam down the center back of the dress or top.